In higher education, globalizaton has resulted in an increase in the number of international institutions that have sought and earned U.S. accreditation. For decades, U.S. accreditation has been perceived as the gold standard in quality assurance in higher education. Some experts argue that “accreditation is fundamentally about a shift of power from educators to managers and bureaucrats” (Harvey, 2004). This qualitative study looks at the reasons that international institutions seek U.S. accreditation as well as the perceived benefits and challenges of U.S. accreditation from the perspective of international institutions that have sought and earned U.S. accreditation. This study is based first on the researcher’s own experience at an international institution and then on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with stakeholders at two additional institutions. Three international institutions posit that the benefits their institutions experience when seeking, earning, and maintaining U.S. accreditation far outweigh the challenges they face.
|Commitee:||Eynon, Diane, Fogarty, Ellie|
|School:||University of Pennsylvania|
|Department:||Higher Education Management|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher education, Higher Education Administration|
|Keywords:||Accreditation, Globalization, International accreditation, Internationalization|
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